Instead of singing in front of his new Manchester United teammates, as has become footballing tradition amongst new signings in recent times, German legend Bastian Schweinsteiger has avoided a potentially embarrassing moment by expressing his wish to return to Munich and take the United players to the south of Germany to experience Oktoberfest.
WHAT IS OKTOBERFEST?
Oktoberfest is a world famous beer and folk festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria. The world’s largest Volksfest lasts for 16 days and attracts huge attention, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event each year.
This year the festival runs from September 19 to October 4, but despite Schweinsteiger discussing his intentions with United captain Wayne Rooney to potentially spend some days at this year’s Oktoberfest, there’s no doubt that manager Louis van Gaal will have something to say about the German’s plans.
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The Red Devils have a busy schedule during the period, with a trip to St Mary’s on September 20 and the visit of Sunderland six days later before a big game away to Arsenal on October 4.
ON THE PITCH
Schweinsteiger joined United this summer for around £14.4million, having spent his entire 17-year career thus far at German giants Bayern Munich.
United have recorded two unspectacular 1-0 victories in the Premier League so far this season to give them six points from a possible six, in which the German national captain has made substitute appearances on both occasions.
'Schweini', as he’s known by his fans, has had clear instructions from Van Gaal to control possession in the midfield and help United to see out those games, a task which he has successfully been able to do.
He showed his class in United’s Champions League play-off round first leg by making more passes in the 45 minutes that he was on the pitch than any Club Brugge player managed in the whole game.
The 31-year-old has stated that he is fit enough to play and that his full match sharpness will return as he continues to get more minutes under his belt.
His former boss Pep Guardiola has said that Schweinsteiger hasn’t been fully fit for the past three seasons, but the experienced international has been quick to remind everyone that he played six of Germany’s seven World Cup matches last year when they were crowned world champions.
OFF THE PITCH
The German midfielder has openly admitted that he is enjoying his new life at United and he has praised his new teammates for making him feel welcome and for helping him to settle in so quickly.
Schweinsteiger is already a huge fans favourite; he’s stolen the no. 31 jersey from Marouane Fellaini, which he cherishes, and the fact that he’s worked previously under Van Gaal at Bayern is an added bonus.
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